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Jared Kushner Says Palestinian Protestors Are 'Part of the Problem'

15 May 2018
Jared Kushner Says Palestinian Protestors Are 'Part of the Problem'

Tear gas is fired at protestors during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel following the the controversial move to Jerusalem of the United States embassy. Health officials say more than 12,000 people have been hurt.

The violence came as the USA opened a controversial embassy in Jerusalem.

The relocation of the embassy on Monday sparked protests in Gaza, with Israeli forces killing dozens of demonstrators, including children.

The resolution didn't name the US explicitly but expressed "deep regret" at any decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital - which US President Trump chose to do on December 6, 2017. It's being called the deadliest attack in Gaza by Israeli forces since 2014.

The embassy inauguration nonetheless went on as planned, attended by a Washington delegation that included US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, both White House aides.

Protests are expected to resume today.

Violent clashes erupted along Gaza's border as the USA opened its Israel embassy in Jerusalem in a ceremony attended by a White House delegation and Israeli officials.

Israel considers all of Jerusalem as its capital, while the Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

The US embassy move from Tel Aviv has added further fuel to Palestinian anger.

"Jerusalem was and is Israel's capital", he said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the move, calling it historic.

Trump said the United States "remains fully committed to facilitating a lasting peace agreement (between Israel and the Palestinians) and we continue to support the status quo at Jerusalem's holy sites".

Israel, meanwhile, called on the council to condemn Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules the coastal strip and led the protests.

U.S. President Donald Trump sparked an worldwide outcry last December when he unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and vowed to relocate the American Embassy to the city. "A great day for Israel".

In a speech at the White House in December 2017, the USA president officially declared the disputed city of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's capital.

Palestinians were not protesting the embassy move alone.

The rallies are to culminate on Tuesday, the 70th anniversary of Israel's establishment - an event Palestinians refer to as the "Nakba" or "the Catastrophe".

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is "profoundly alarmed by the sharp escalation of violence" along the Gaza-Israel border on Monday, a statement from his spokesperson said. "At first we had outpost settlements with the help of America and now we have an American outpost settlement in East Jerusalem", he said.